Buying & Choosing – UK Makers – Hire – Second HandInternational SourcesBuilding a HarpsichordTechnical DrawingsInternational Links to Makers

Buying and Choosing

Buying a Harpsichord by Trevor Pinnock
Part 1 – http://www.jackpeters.com/pinnock1.htm
Part 2 – http://www.jackpeters.com/pinnock2.htm

‘Buyers Guide’ by harpsichordist Sophie Yates   ( NB, last updated 2009)
http://www.thetutorpages.com/tutor-article/harpsichord/a-buyers-guide-to-british-harpsichord-makers/1599

Hints for Choosing a Harpsichord by Larry Palmer – http://www.jackpeters.com/choosing.htm 

UK Makers

Peter Barnes – http://www.peterbarnesharpsichords.com/
Colin Booth – http://www.colinbooth.co.uk/
Guill Clark – https://peckhamharpsichords.co.uk/
Robert Deegan – http://www.deeganharpsichords.com
Dolmetsch – http://www.dolmetsch.com/­ourharpsichords.htm
Andrew Garlick – http://www.garlick-harpsichords.co.uk
Alan Gotto – http://www.dsn.co.uk/­agotto
Michael Johnson – http://www.michaeljohnsonharpsichords.co.uk
Darryl Martin – http://www.darryl-martin.co.uk
William Mitchell – http://www.harpsichords.co.uk
Robert Morley – http://www.morleypianos.com
The Music Room Workshop – http://www.musicroomworkshop.co.uk
Stephen Robinson Spinets – http://www.robinsonspinets.co.uk/­
Malcolm Rose – http://www.malcolm-rose.com
Huw Saunders – http://www.harpsichordmaker.co.uk
Andrew Wooderson – http://www.woodersonharpsichords.co.uk 

Hire

Alba Musick – http://www.albamusick.co.uk/­instrument_hire.htm
Bexley Harpsichords Ltd – http://www.woodersonharpsichords.co.uk
Cambridge Harpsichords http://www.cambridge-baroque-labs.com/
Colin Booth – http://www.colinbooth.co.uk/rentals.html
Robert Deegan – http://www.deeganharpsichords.com/­services_hire.html
Claire Hammett – http://www.harpsichordservices.co.uk/
London Harpsichords- http://londonharpsichords.co.uk/category/hire/
Simon Neal – http://www.simonneal.org.uk
Mark Ransom – http://harpsichord-workshop.co.uk
Malcolm Rose – http://www.malcolm-rose.com

Second Hand

British Harpsichord Society –   Sale & Wanted

Peter Barnes – http://www.peterbarnesharpsichords.com/­

Early Music Shop – http://www.earlymusicshop.com/­uia/­uiastart.html

Keyboard Instruments from Laurie Leigh Antiques, Stow-in-the-Wold
http://www.laurieleighantiques.com/­pages/­keyboardinstruments.html

Musical Instrument Sales -Harpsichords, Spinets
http://www.musicalinstrumentsales.co.uk/­harpscord.html

The Music Room Workshop – http://www.musicroomworkshop.co.uk

Andrew Wooderson – http://www.woodersonharpsichords.co.uk

International Sources

Harpsichord Clearing House – http://www.harpsichord.com
World Wide Keyboard Bank – http://wwkbank.harpsichord.be
Instruments available in Australia – http://www.hpschd.nu/­ilist.html
For further information about second-hand instruments abroad, contact the relevant societies listed below under International Links

Building a Harpsichord

This section lists suppliers of Harpsichords in Kit form, accounts of Building harpsichords from scratch, availability of Technical drawings of historic instruments & sources of various materials and accessories.

Hubbard Harpsichords in Kit form.  http://www.hubharp.com/­kits/­kits.htm
Also plans of historic instruments

Zuckerman Harpsichords- Kits  http://zhi.net/­instr/­index2.shtml

Early Music Shop, various instruments in kit form.
http://www.earlymusicshop.com/Browse.aspx/en-GB/store25_arrangement42_format119/1/

‘Making a Spinet by Traditional Methods’ John Barnes, pp53 Published by
Mac & Me Ltd, Welwyn, Herts, AL6 9EU

Detailed Account of building an Italian Virginals from scratch, http://www.earlykeyboards.eu/­blue/­virginal/­

Harpsichord-making woods for sale: http://www.claviantica.com/­Wood_files/­Wood.htm

Parchment roses http://www.sarahbeare.com/page17.htm

Hand-made Ruckers papers in a variety of styles http://www.claviantica.com/­Ruckers_papers.htm

Supplies and Parts for historical keyboard instruments, flap hinges, tuning pins, wound strings,
spare strings, hooks etc www.hksupplies.it

Marc Vogel, supplies tuners, parts, strings, tools etc  https://www.vogel-scheer.de/

‘The Instrument Workshop’ offers supplies, parts, tools and written instructions for owners and builders of harpsichords and other similar instruments. http://www.fortepiano.com/

Suppliers of high quality bone, ancient mammoth ivory and pre-ban ivory key tops suitable for harpsichords.
See http://www.guitarpartsandmore.com/?nav=materials

Traditional Brassware for Early Keyboard Instruments, David Law
http://www.traditional-brassware.co.uk/

Harpsichord Painter, examples of various styles & designs, http://www.elisabettalanzoni.com/­

Three useful booklets by Peter & Ann Mactaggart, pub. Mac & Me Ltd. Welwyn, Herts, AL6 9EU
Laying & Decorating Flemish Papers.
Painting & Marbling Harpsichord Cases.
Practical Gilding.   Re-prints available from http://www.hpschd.nu/­b/­biblio.html

Latin Mottos, http://www.bigduck.com/­mottos.html

Technical Drawings

Plans of Harpsichords & Virginals from ‘The Instrument Workshop’.
http://www.fortepiano.com/­plans.htm

Technical Drawings of Musical Instruments in Public Collections of the World http://network.icom.museum/cimcim/resources/musical-instruments-technical-drawings-register/

List of drawings published by the 26 museums and collections which have participated in the project to microfilm technical drawings of musical instruments, organised by Hague Gemeentemuseum, Netherlands,   http://homepages.ed.ac.uk/am/iwd.html

Details of the Technical Drawings of Historic Keyboard Instruments that are available from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.  PDF Download (14kb – small)

‘Museum’ type plans of various historic instruments
https://www.vogel-scheer.de/de/info/plaene.html

Plans and photographs of several instruments available from Hubbard Harpsichords; including  Ruckers 1640, Johanne de Perticus  1681 & 1684, R.K.Lee’s drawing of Harpsichord/Clavicytherium 1752, Blanchet-double 1765,  J.P.Bull of Antwerp-double 1778 and Hemsch double 1756  http://www.hubharp.com/parts.htm

Technical Drawings of  Harpsichords by Andreas Ruckers, Antwerp 1644 and by Ioannes Daniel Dulcken, Antwerp 1747 obtainable from the Museum Vleeshuis, Antwerp.     http://www.ruckersgenootschap.be/INS.php

Full-scale drawings of a ‘French’ Ruckers Harpsichord, a Ruckers spinet virginal, a Venetian Polygonal virginal c1565, & a Neapolitan single-manual harpsichord c.1630, together with appropriate stands and decorative schemes. http://www.claviantica.com/­Drawing_files/­Drawings.htm

A Technical drawing of the single-manual harpsichord built in Venice by Alessandro Trasuntino and dated 1531, can be purchased from the Museum of Music at the Royal College of Music in London.  Please contact museum@rcm.ac.uk  or 0207 591 4842

International Links to Makers 

List of European Makers http://www.hpschd.nu/­l/­links-12.html

List of non-European makers http://www.hpschd.nu/­l/­links-11.html

List of Builders- Worldwide  http://intranet.arc.miami.edu/­rjohn/­KeyboardLinks.htm

Atelier Arpeggio, Harpsichord Workshop- Belgium http://www.atelierarpeggio.be/­

Harpsichord Makers established in France-  http://www.clavecin-en-france.org/­spip.php?article20

Le Clavecin J-P Rouaud. Makers- France  http://site.voila.fr/­clavecins-rouaud/­index.jhtml

The Paris Workshop- France  http://www.theparisworkshop.com

Denzil Wraight, Maker Italian Keyboard Instruments – Germany http://www.denzilwraight.com

Maker Keyboard Instruments – Italy  http://www.williamhorn.it/­clavicembali/­en/­presentation

Brighenti Harpsichords, Parma – Italy  http://www.brighenti-harpsichords.com/­en/­index.html

Sebastiano Calì, Catania- Sicily  http://www.sebastianocali.com/­

Carey Beebe – maker and technician- Australia  http://www.hpschd.nu/­

Claviers Baroques – builders and technicians – Canada  http://www.claviersbaroques.com/­index.html

Craig Tomlinson, Maker, West Vancouver B.C.- Canada  http://www.tomlinsonharpsichords.com

Maker Keyboard Instruments – USA  http://www.lautenwerk.com/­